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Dr. Halter relinquishes his position as chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine

Jeffrey B. Halter, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and director of the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology, has announced his decision to end his service as chief of the Division. Dr. Halter notified Internal Medicine Chair John Carethers, M.D., that he will step down from the leadership position he has held since its creation within the Department of Internal Medicine in 1984. Dr. Halter will remain director of the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology as well as continue his role as principal investigator of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center grant from the National Institute on Aging. He will continue to lead the Division until a new chief is appointed.

“Simply put, I believe it is the right time for me personally and the right time for new leadership. Thanks to a remarkable faculty, the Geriatric Medicine Division is now strong, vibrant and growing. I am confident that the transition will be a smooth one and help us become even stronger,” said Dr. Halter.

Giving up the division chief role will allow Dr. Halter to focus his efforts on continuing to build the Geriatrics Center, which is the multidisciplinary entity led by Dr. Halter since its 1987 designation by the U-M Regents as the U-M Health System’s center for research, education and patient care in the field of aging. Under Dr. Halter’s leadership, U-M has become one of the nation’s premier academic centers in geriatrics and gerontology. The Geriatrics Center programs are the basis for consistently high rankings in geriatrics for University Hospitals and for the U-M Medical School in U.S. News and World Report.

“Jeff has built the Division of Geriatric Medicine into a tremendous asset within the Department and the Health System” said Dr. Carethers. “His successor as division chief will have an outstanding example to follow and a strong foundation to build upon. I am grateful for Jeff’s long and exceptional service as chief, and for his willingness to provide leadership and support as he continues in his role as Center director.”

After completing his tenure as division chief, Dr. Halter also plans to advance his own research interests, which include neuroendocrine regulation of metabolism in aging and in diabetes mellitus. He plans on taking a sabbatical leave from December 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012 at the University of Colorado to study metabolic and vascular adaptations to exercise interventions in older adults. 

Dr. Halter has held many leadership positions in national professional organizations and advisory boards. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the senior editor of Hazzard’s Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 6th Edition, 2009.  Dr. Halter is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the American Geriatrics Society Nascher/Manning Award for lifetime achievement.

March 2011